I thought for years that people in the past must have smelled awful and had nasty dirty homes. Why? Because they didn’t have all the cool sprays, foams and cleaning supplies we have today. After, I made some changes in my home to get rid of the massive amounts of toxins and products with skull and cross bones I realized my home was cleaner than before.
What is clean? One definition explains it as free of dirt or pollution. If the definition of pollution is the presence of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects. Was I cleaning my home or polluting it?
The best way to get rid of dirt is often with a broom, vacuum or wet rag. The truth is all the sprays in the world won’t actually remove the dirt from the home. It’s the scrubbing, wiping, sucking up or throwing out of the dirt that makes the home clean.
I think that we have been bamboozled from all the television commercials and newspaper ads on cleaning supplies. We think we are getting a good deal using the coupon to get a cheap disinfectant. What is that disinfectant really doing for us?
Definition of disinfectant: a chemical liquid that destroys bacteria.
I used to think all bacteria was bad bacteria, but now I am learning that we are ridding our bodies of the good bacteria and the bad is taking over. Could all the cleaning we do in the name of having a clean home be part of the health crisis we see today? Learn more on this topic by clicking here.
Now I could give you a list of all the toxic chemicals to stay away from when cleaning, but I’ve shared a lot of those chemicals in Tips #26-28. Let’s go over the basic ways you can clean your home naturally.
6 Easy Steps to Clean Your Home Naturally
Step 1: Dust- Removing dirt from all wood surfaces. Starting from the top and working your way down all wood surfaces with a microfiber cloth or old rag using an all-natural dusting spray. 1 cup water, 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 tsp olive oil, 10-15 drops of Lemon essential oil in a spray bottle.
Step #2: Clean kitchen, bathroom and other household surfaces: Thieves household cleaner is an all-natural concentrated liquid that can be used on all surfaces. This is truly one product that can do it all.
Step #3: Scour bathtubs, showers, toilets, ovens, etc- Make a paste with Thieves household cleaner and baking soda (3:1) to scrub hard stuck on dirt, grease, etc.
Step #4: Windows/Mirrors/Glass- Spray windows with all-natural window/glass cleaner: 2 cups of water (distilled or filtered), 2 tablespoons vinegar, 10 drops Lemon essential oil and wipe with a microfiber cloth or paper towels.
Step #5: Sweep/Vacuum: This is what truly removes the dirt from the home. If you like to use a carpet deodorizer you can make your own with 2 cups Baking Soda and 20-30 drops of essential oil of your choice.
Step #6: Mop- Last but not least a nice mopping spray just takes water and vinegar (2:1) with 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil.
Putting It All Together
As you can see cleaning your home can be done with just a few natural products: water, vinegar, baking soda, olive oil, essential oils, and Thieves Household cleaner. The order in which you clean your home is important too. You will find not only do you save time and money using just a few natural products, but your home will be clean and not polluted with toxins. Best part your kids can help you too. These products do not hold the dangers that toxic chemicals do.
Living a proactive lifestyle means thinking before you pick up a product just because the media tells you that you need it. Reducing the toxic load in your home will help you and your family have a clean home naturally.
Taking the time to follow the 31 Tips: Living a Proactive Lifestyle will help you make little changes like ditching cleaning supplies that are not helping you. It does not have to be a difficult process. Once you see what products you need to ditch, you replace them with a more natural product that allows you to keep your home clean-naturally. Our family and thousands of other Got-Oils? families have chosen Young Living Essential Oils products to clean our homes more naturally.
If you are interested in finding out how proactive you are currently living, then I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to discover your Wellness Score.
Our Growing E-Course has great tools and DIY recipes to help you on your wellness journey. We have several days that will help you in replacing toxic chemicals in your home with more natural products. If you would like to take part in our Free Growing E-Course click here.
I am enjoying this write 31 days challenge and I hope that you are finding these tips beneficial to living a more proactive lifestyle.
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Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.